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START Project Inclusion Mini-Conferences
Inclusion With the End in Mind

Effective use of supports and interventions is a key strategy for the successful inclusion of students with disabilities. Our conferences will focus on supports and accommodations in the classroom and community while preparing youth for positive outcomes after high school. Our special guest presenter is Amy Pleet-Odle, author of INCLUDED WITH THE END IN MIND.  Amy is an educator and parent of 2 young adults with special needs.  You will also hear from a student/self advocate sharing his/her story as an included student, as well as a panel of parents talking about their experiences with how inclusion benefits their children along with the importance of planning for their future.

With knowledge, tools, and passion parents and educators can help ALL children succeed.

Target Audience: Parents, grandparents, caretakers, professionals and educators of children with and without disabilities
March 3, 2018 - Hightstown, NJ 9 am-1 pm
March 17, 2018- Newark, NJ 9 am -1 pm


START Project Regional Trainings to Address Disproportionality-
Overrepresentation of Students of Color in Special Education & Disciplinary Actions

The results of decades of research consistently show that students of color, particularly African American students (and even more so for those with disabilities), are at significantly increased risk for exposure to exclusionary discipline practices, including office discipline referrals and suspensions. (e.g., Fabelo et al., 2011; Losen & Gillespie, 2012; Shaw & Braden, 1990)

This is known as Disproportionality, which represents one of the most significant problems in education today at the local and national level.

START Project Regional Trainings-Literacy Achievement
Engaging Families to Improve Literacy Achievement
for ALL Students

Research shows that parental involvement in their children's learning positively affects the child's performance at school leading to higher academic achievement, greater cognitive competence, greater problem-solving skills, greater school enjoyment, better school attendance and fewer behavioral problems at school (Melhuish, Sylva, Sammons et al., 2001)

Join us for a discussion and activities to:

  • Explore the importance of family engagement in literacy
  • Discuss ways to engage parent and educators in events and activities to improve literacy at home and in the community
  • Learn what YOU CAN DO to improve literacy achievement in your school district

Special Education Parent Leadership Roundtables  
Now scheduling for Spring!  Please contact your START PGS if you are interested in hosting a roundtable in your district or community!

Parent Leadership Roundtables are an opportunity to exchange ideas around what works to enhance and sustain family engagement in schools to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.  Strategies to start,  run, and sustain effective local special education parent advisory groups will be discussed.  Network with other parent leaders and educators in your county. Join us to hear what's been happening in your county and leave with fresh ideas for your group!  Please register if you plan to attend. 

To register by phone: 973-642-8100 ext. 123 
For more information: call 973-642-8100 ext 123 or email